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My terminal server is a VM and it has been compromised. I am creating a new VM. This is a 2003 Server Enterprise Edition 32 Bit.

Is there a way to backup windows activation and terminal server licenses to transfer over to new server so I don't have to go through microsoft telephone activation. I remeber they made me do this last time and it was a pain.
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Keep in mind - Server 2003 is rapidly approaching end-of-life. As of April 2014, this OS is being officially retired.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mspfe/archive/2013/04/29/windows-server-2003-rapidly-approaches-end-of-life-watch-out-for-performance-bottlenecks.aspx

Anyway -

There's no way to backup your Windows activation. When you install Windows, the product key you enter is used to activate the product once you're up and running. Assuming the server is connected to the internet (and your license is valid), you should be able to activate over the internet without calling Microsoft. Even if that's unsuccessful, the telephone activation process should be a snap. Microsoft probably doesn't care too much about license enforcement on XP/2003 at this point.

Once you 'activate' the TS license server function, you should be able to add your licenses easily.
What sort of TS licenses do you have? If you have a retail license, you enter the product key from the card you received with your purchase. With a volume license, you'll enter your volume license data and it will activate automatically.
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